The Big Chill meets The Group
in Deborah Copaken Kogan’s wry, lively, and irresistible new novel about a
once-close circle of friends at their twentieth college reunion.
Addison, Mia, and Jane were roommates at Harvard until their graduation in
1989. Clover, homeschooled on a commune by mixed-race parents, felt woefully
out of place. Addison yearned to shed the burden of her Mayflower heritage. Mia
mined the depths of her suburban ennui to enact brilliant performances on the
Harvard stage. Jane, an adopted Vietnamese war orphan, made sense of her
fractured world through words.
years later, their lives are in free fall. Clover, once a securities broker
with Lehman, is out of a job and struggling to reproduce before her fertility
window slams shut. Addison’s marriage to a writer’s-blocked novelist is as
stale as her so-called career as a painter. Hollywood shut its gold-plated
gates to Mia, who now stays home with her four children, renovating and
acquiring faster than her director husband can pay the bills. Jane, the Paris
bureau chief for a newspaper whose foreign bureaus are now shuttered, is caught
in a vortex of loss.
all Harvard grads, they’ve kept abreast of one another via the red book, a
class report published every five years, containing brief autobiographical
essays by fellow alumni. But there’s the story we tell the world, and then
there’s the real story, as these former classmates will learn during their
twentieth reunion weekend, when they arrive with their families, their
histories, their dashed dreams, and their secret yearnings to a
relationship-changing, score-settling, unforgettable weekend. Download and start listening now!